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Monthly archive: March 2014

Net Neutrality Panel Discussion – Tuesday 3/25 @ 7pm

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The Massachusetts Pirate Party is co-sponsoring a Net Neutrality panel discussion on Tuesday, March 25th, from 7-9pm. This event will be held at Tuft’s Tisch Library, 35 Professors Row, Medford, MA, Room 304. Panelists include: Candace Clement, Advocacy & Organizing Manager, Free Press Daniel Lyons, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School Cara Lisa Berg Powers, Co-Director, Press Pass TV David Talbot, Chief Correspondent, MIT Technology Review Moderator: Nina Huntemann, Associate Professor, Suffolk University Somerville Community Access Television is organizing this event.

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Steve & Kendra speak about Tech Activism at LibrePlanet this Sunday

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Quartermaster Steve and Arbitrator Kendra will speak about Tech Activism at the Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet conference this Sunday, March 23rd.  The session starts at 4:05pm in Room 32-123. The LibrePlanet conference is today and Sunday, the 22nd & 23rd.    It will be at MIT’s Stata Center, at 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139. If you cannot attend the conference in person, some of the sessions will be live streamed.  They have setup various ways you can participate on-line as well. Here is the video about the conference: Your browser does not support the video tag, [ please download ] the video instead.     This video is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by Dan Fitzmartin and the Free Software Foundation. Download the video.

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5/9 Fundraiser & more events

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The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.  On the 8th, we held our protest for whistle blowers at Logan Airport. Within 35 minutes, we were asked if we had a permit by a State Trooper. Since we viewed the part of the airport we were in as a public space, we didn’t have one. We were notified, directly but politely, that we needed a permit and we would need to leave. So we did. We are in the process of seeking a permit for a future event. Last Sunday we had a great time marching in the Boston Peace Parade. It proved to be a rather brisk day, but the four and half miles of walking kept the chill at bay. We were seen by thousands of people and handed out many fliers to prospective Pirates. Fundraiser Now May 9th Since March has been very busy for us, we decided to move the fundraiser we had scheduled for March 21st, to Friday, May 9th. Preregistration is $20 ($10 for students).  Door registration is $40 ($20 for students). You can also join the Facebook event. We are working on the final plans for it and welcome any assistance you would care to offer. There is a contact form below. Candidates Update Besides the fundraiser we have been gathering signatures to get Joseph Guertin and Noelani Kamelamela on the ballot.  They are well on their way and have until April 29th to gather signatures from 150 voters in their districts.  Fill out the contact form below if you want to help. Upcoming Events Here are a few more events we are working on: This Saturday & Sunday, the 22nd & 23rd, is the Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet conference.  Quartermaster Steve and Arbitrator Kendra will speak about Tech Activism on Sunday at … Read more

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What’s in Your File: Part V, the TSA

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Like many large government agencies, the TSA dedicates a few pages of their web site to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests. They explain how requests should be submitted, and what information one needs to include. Here’s a screen shot of TSA’s Privacy Act page. FOIA and PA requests are a valuable way for people to learn about what happens inside goverment, and I applaud any efforts to streamline the FOIA process. As it happened, I had a privacy act request to make. Here’s the response, which didn’t quite come from the TSA. This was a first for me: I’ve never had a FOIA/PA request returned as undeliverable. Perhaps the TSA isn’t so keen on FOIA after all. Update: According to the TSA, FOIA and privacy act requests should be sent to the following address: Transportation Security Administration Freedom of Information Act Office, TSA-20 11th Floor, East Tower 601 South 12th Street Arlington, VA 22202-4220 Apparently they’ve just got the wrong address listed on their website.

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Sunday March for Peace

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This Sunday, the 16th, forty organizations and 2,500 marchers are expected to participate in the Saint Patrick’s Day Peace Parade in South Boston. We will join them and march for Manning, Snowden, open government and personal privacy. Join us.  Bring your banners, signs, and friends! The parade assembles at 2pm on D Street near Cypher St. in South Boston.  It starts at 3pm.  We march in the political groups division.  Look for Veterans For Peace flags and our banner. If you want you can sign up to the Facebook Event. Getting to the Assembly Area Come by T if at all possible as the area will be very congested. Broadway is the closest MBTA subway station, though it tends to get crowded so you will need to give yourself much extra time to get there.  An alternative way is to get off at the MBTA Silver Line’s World Trade Center stop and walk from there.  We included maps for both methods. Via Broadway MBTA Station Via World Trade Center MBTA Station Parking is available for participants in the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade. Vehicles must enter from the north from Summer Street onto D Street; the parking lot is at 383 D Street. Look for the lot with 40 foot white truck trailers. Allow extra time for traffic. From the North Route I-93 to South Station exit (20 A). Merge onto Purchase Street to light (100 feet). Make a left onto Summer Street (will pass South Station on right). Go approx. 1 mile to Convention Center. Turn right onto D Street, parking lot .2 mile up on left, (look for VFP Flag) From the South Route I-93 – Take exit 20 toward South Station. Follow signs for Chinatown, continue straight onto Lincoln Street, turn right onto Kneeland Street, turn left onto Atlantic, … Read more

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Massachusetts Pirate Party pays tribute to whistleblowers on Saturday March 8th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Massachusetts Pirate Party pays tribute to whistleblowers on Saturday March 8th Boston, MA — March 8th, 2014 – During the last few years, our federal government has been waging nothing less than a war on whistleblowers. From Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden; from Jeremy Hammond to the Associated Press. The Massachusetts Pirate Party will be at Logan Airport Terminal E Arrivals area from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 8th, to pay tribute to these courageous individuals. “We plan to stand in the terminal, holding signs with the names of whistleblowers, as if we’re waiting for their flight to arrive,” said Pirate Party Treasurer Steve Revilak. ”It’s symbolic of what we’re really waiting for — which is for these whistleblowers to be pardoned, and recognized for their contributions to society.” Edward Snowden’s name should be immediately recognizable to anyone, and we can thank him for telling the world about massive US Government surveillance programs. Chelsea Manning leaked the Afghan war diaries, the Collateral Murder video, and thousands of US diplomatic cables; her efforts helped paint a clear picture of how the US conducts itself on foreign soil. Jeremy Hammond leaked a collection of documents from intelligence contractor Stratfor, revealing the Federal Government’s campaign against human rights activists. “In the 2008 election, President Obama claimed he would make government more transparent. Yet, his administration has prosecuted twice as many whistleblowers as all other presidents combined,” said Pirate Party Secretary Lucia Fiero. ”Whistleblowers deserve honors and accolades, not 30 year jail sentences!” The US government has a double standard when it comes to leaks. John Kiriakou, a former CIA administrator who confirmed our use of illegal torture, is in jail for leaking classified information. However, Bush administration officials Richard Armitage and Karl Rove were never prosecuted for revealing … Read more

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Support comprehensive election reform

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A 6-member conference committee is reconciling the election reform bills that the Mass. House and Senate passed overwhelmingly. The two bills include Election Day registration, online voter registration, and early voting which we support. Mass Vote has a page to look up your House and Senate Reps. and urge them to tell the conference committee to endorse the stronger Senate bill.

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Saturday Stand with Whistleblowers

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During the last few years, our federal government waged nothing less than a war on whistleblowers.  From Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden; from Jeremy Hammond to the Associated Press. The lucky few have merely had their lives turned upside down in witch hunts.  Some such as Barrett Brown and John Kiriakou remain in jail for their whistleblowing.  Others remain in exile fearful of their own government’s power and its willingness to silence them and the truths they speak.  Still others, such as Aaron Swartz, we will never see again. The Massachusetts Pirate Party will be at Logan Airport Terminal E Arrivals area (map) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday March 8th, to pay tribute to these courageous individuals. Each of us will stand in silent protest holding a sign for a particular whistleblower waiting for them to return to us and be recognized for the great service they have done for the American people and the people of the world. Join us. PS – There is a Facebook event. Here’s where to find us:

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Joe Guertin Launches His Campaign!

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We need Piracy on Beacon Hill, specifically, we need a Pirate to sponsor and promote bills on the hill that promote net neutrality, personal privacy, government transparency. Joe Guertin wants to be that representative. Joe is young and energetic, but also civic minded and politically informed. And he needs your help. He’s not on the ballot yet, and we only have until April 29th to get all the signatures he needs. One Hundred and fifty signatures doesn’t sound like many, but to be sure to reach the goal, we’ll need something like 3 times that many people to jot down their John Hancocks, because so often a signature is invalidated for being illegible, attributed to the wrong address, given by a non-registered voter, etc. Joe needs your help. You don’t have to live in the 8th Worcester district to volunteer. We need signature gatherers. If you believe in the Pirate Party and would like to see a Pirate on the ballot, if you believe in democracy and would like to see someone other than a heavily funded Democrat or Republican on the ballot, if you live within traveling distance of Bellingham, Uxbridge, Millville, or Blackstone, please consider volunteering for his campaign. ABOUT JOE: He is a personal trainer by trade, a live-streamer because he loves it, and a trained game designer. He is 26 years old and lives at home in Bellingham, MA. He is taking on incumbent Kevin Kuros in the 8th Worcester District. I volunteered to chair his campaign because, like me, he is a media critic and is concerned about copyright vs. freedom of expression. The are two of the main issues that first brought me to the Massachusetts Pirate Party. Volunteers should contact me, his campaign chair (Lucia Fiero) at sutralu@gmail.com. Let’s do this.

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